Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Michael Krassner
Film: The Evening Hour
Michael Krassner is an Arizona-based composer primarily known as the founder of the seminal music collective The Boxhead Ensemble. The Boxhead Ensemble was formed in Los Angeles in 1991 for the purpose of scoring the Braden King and Larry Stuckey documentary film The Original Pantry Cafe. In the subsequent years since its inception, The Boxhead Ensemble has continued to expand upon its outsider folk and neoclassical influences releasing several albums and scoring numerous documentary and feature films. Highlights include Two Brothers, Quartets, Ancient Music, Nocturnes and the films HERE, All Square, Feather and Pine, Day of Reckoning and the 2020 Sundance entry The Evening Hour. The Boxhead Ensemble has toured the US and Europe as well as performances at the MOMA in NY and Mass Moca. In addition to his work with his own ensemble, Michael Krassner has served as a dedicated sideman for a wide variety of artists including Simon Joyner, Califone and Adam Ostrar, as well as engineering and producing hundreds of projects.